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Success! Melvin from Kenya raised $650 to fund a colostomy closure.

Melvin
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  • $650 raised, $0 to go
$650
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Melvin's treatment was fully funded on May 5, 2021.

Photo of Melvin post-operation

June 7, 2021

Melvin underwent a colostomy closure.

Melvin had successful surgery with our Medical Partner! All went well and he is feeling good as he recovers. Melvin has returned home and his family will bring him back for follow-up visits to ensure he fully heals.

Melvin’s father says: “thank you so much for helping us. We are very happy with the help my son got. May God bless our donors and Bethany Kids.”

Melvin had successful surgery with our Medical Partner! All went well and he is feeling good as he recovers. Melvin has returned home and hi...

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April 26, 2021

Melvin is a 3-year-old boy and the third and last born child in his family. His father is a security guard at local gas station and makes a humble income. To supplement his earnings, Melvin’s mother does laundry and farming for their neighbors. Occasionally, she’s able to sell some farm produce she gets from their small farm.

When Melvin was born, he was not able to breastfeed. After some referrals and unsuccessful treatments, Melvin went to the national hospital and was diagnosed with Hirschprung disease, a birth condition affecting his digestive system. He had several surgeries to correct the condition, which were fortunately covered by his family’s National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) coverage at the time.

One of the surgeries Melvin underwent was a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Melvin’s case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications.

However, to undergo the colostomy closure at the national hospital, he and his mother had to take COVID-19 tests, which were too expensive for their family. Fortunately, a family friend referred them next to our Medical Partner’s Care Center BethanyKids Hospital, where doctors conducted tests and scheduled Melvin for the colostomy closure. Melvin’s family normally has NHIF coverage, but they have depleted their yearly surgical allocation so this procedure is not supported. Melvin’s parents appeal for financial support for their son.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $650 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Melvin. The surgery is scheduled to take place on April 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Melvin’s mother shared, “We have been through a lot with Melvin and stopping now is not an option for us. We would like Melvin to live a healthy life just as our other children but our financial state has been a big hindrance for us.”

Melvin is a 3-year-old boy and the third and last born child in his family. His father is a security guard at local gas station and makes a ...

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Melvin's Timeline

  • April 26, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Melvin was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 27, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Melvin received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • April 28, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Melvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Melvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 7, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Melvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Colostomy Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $650 for Melvin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$601
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$18
Supplies
$0
Other
$31

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